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YOUNG LEADERSHIP PURIM PARTY
- APRIL 2015

FIDF YL joined forces with YAD of San Diego Jewish Federation, and other Young Leadership Organizations to throw San Diego's Biggest Purim Party with proceeds going to our brave soldiers in the IDF! 

YL Board Member Stephanie Nissan & YL Chair, Ben Weinrib with Sgt. SaharThe event was held at the Tin Roof in downtown, and was well attended. Chief of Staff Citation Recipient and Lone Soldier, Sgt. Sahar E. of Orange County was the guest of honor and he shared his experiences in Operation Protective Edge.
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ORANGE COUNTY LONE SOLIDER HONORED AT JCC

On July 7, 2014, following incessant rocket fire from Gaza at Israel, the IDF initiated Operation Protective Edge. 
On the 10th day of the operation, after continued terrorist assaults on Israel from land, air and sea, the IDF commenced the ground phase of the operation.
In the early days of the ground operation, Orange County Lone Soldier, Sahar identified several terrorists coming out of two underground tunnels, and immediately responded with fire.
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LOCAL LA JOLLA FAMILY
HOSTS NAVY OFFICER

 

Capt. Neil F., is an active-duty, Navy officer who recently participatedin the FIDF Witness in Uniform Program.
 
At a recent parlor meeting, graciously hosted by Alysa and Stephen Kaplan, Capt. Neil shared his experience serving in the Israeli Navy during Operation Protective Edge, and his trip to Poland, visiting the concentration camps as part of the Witness in Uniform Program. 

  

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Our "Music Brings Us Together" concert on Tuesday, October 28th at the Balboa Theatre was SOLD OUT!

Judging by the audience reaction and the enormous number of complimentary responses, the concert was an overwhelming success. This stellar performance featured the IDF Chief Cantor, Lt. Col. Shai Abramson and the IDF Rabbinate Choir, along with Cantor Nethanel Baram and Latinos for Israel's Director, Jonathan Valverde.   Read More

Return of the IDF Chief Cantor – October 2014

Our "Music Brings Us Together" concert on Tuesday, October 28th at the Balboa Theatre was SOLD OUT!
Judging by the audience reaction and the enormous number of complimentary responses, the concert was an overwhelming success. This stellar performance featured the IDF Chief Cantor, Lt. Col. Shai Abramson and the IDF Rabbinate Choir, along with Cantor Nethanel Baram and Latinos for Israel's Director, Jonathan Valverde. Under the direction of Ofir Sobol, the orchestra performed a medley of Jewish and Israeli songs. This year's performance also included moving personal stories from IDF soldiers, Lt. Col. Kobi V. and Staff Sergeant Elle S. Both served in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. 
We want to thank our event sponsors and all who attended for their support.
Because many attendees and others advised that they were not able to make contributions at the concert, we are providing below an easy online method to do so.
Proceeds from this performance will go to the "Day After" campaign for families of fallen soldiers, wounded soldiers and for flights to bring IDF Lone Soldiers home for family visits.




 

San Diego 2014 Gala

On January 25, 2014, the San Diego Chapter of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces held its 4th Annual Gala Appreciation Dinner honoring the Israeli Navy at the Hilton San Diego Bay front.   In attendance were over 650 guests including many prominent lay leaders, U.S. and Israeli military officers from all branches of the community.

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Young Leadership Event

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces San Diego- Young Leadership (YL) mixer brought together over 250 young leaders in the San Diego area and raised over $5,000.00 for our Soldiers in Israel.



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A Salute to Israel: FIDF Sounds of Music

On Sunday, October 27, 2013, the FIDF "A Salute to Israel: FIDF Sounds of Music" was a sell-out event at the Sherwood Auditorium at MCASD in La Jolla. The event was chaired by The performance featured IDF Chief Cantor, Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, along with Cantor Netanel Baram and Latinos For Israel's Director, Jonathan Valverde. The musical journey which consisted of a medley of Jewish and Israeli songs was enjoyed by the audience.
We want to thank our sponsors and all who attended for their support. A special thanks to Event Chairs, Jacqueline S. Gmach, Jenny Josephson and Marilyn Smiedt for bringing this magnificent and unique concert to San Diego. We appreciate the time that is given by loyal volunteers who are always available at our events.
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San Diego 2013 Gala

On January 19, 2013, the San Diego Chapter of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces held its Annual Gala Appreciation Dinner at the Manchester Grand Hyatt honoring IDF Air Force for their devotion, courage, sacrifice and honor to the State of Israel. .
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San Diego Young Leadership Summer Party

DJ Itay Galo of Tel Aviv brought Club YaYa to San Diego at the chapter’s first Young Leadership event on Saturday July 21, 2012 at the Merk Bistro in the Gaslamp District. The YL Summer Party was co-chaired by Jack Maizel, Assaf Avissar, Shlomit Arbib, David Bramzon, Ben Weinrib, Justin Levine and Evan Gerber.
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2nd Annual Guys Night Out

On June 7, 2012 the beautiful Hilton Torrey Pines was transformed into a Vegas-style night club for the 2nd Annual Guys Night Out, and evening of networking, entertainment and fun. This year’s event was co-chaired by Anthony Josephson, Dan Feder and Todd Pianin.
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San Diego Gala Dinner 2012

The FIDF Gala Dinner, co-chaired by Jackie S. Gmach, Marilyn Smiedt and Barbara Warren, was held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Saturday, January 21, 2012. In attendance were 800 guests.
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Havat Hashomer – A Personal Experience

We sat in the commander’s office and I asked Lt. Col Alaa Abu- Rukun why he had chosen to be the commander at this base, Havat Hashomer.
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Yom Ha’azmaut and the IDF Music Ensemble

The San Diego Chapter of the Friends of the IDF welcomed the IDF Educational Corp Music Ensemble to San Diego in celebration of Yom Ha’azmaut over the May 12-16 weekend.
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Guys Night Out - A Spectacular Evening!

The San Diego Chapter of the FIDF held its first Guys Night Out event on April 14, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, La Jolla. The event was in memory of David Feder, father of Event Co-Chair Dan Feder, who proudly served in an IDF Paratrooper' Brigade.
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Yom Limmud weekend with Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dani Haloutz

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, San Diego Chapter welcomed Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dani Haloutz to San Diego during the last weekend in January. The charismatic former General Chief of Staff, shared his insight on the future of Israel and the current turmoil in Egypt, with a group of Young Professionals at a Meet and Greet at the Sheraton La Jolla.
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San Diego Region Board of Directors

 
   
Dr. Bob Shillman Barbara Ostroff
David Ellman Jack Zemer
Sidney Selati Jackie Gmach
Bobbi Warren Anthony Josephson -Young Professionals
Herbert “Moshe” Weiss Mitch Zeichner
Rabbi Arnold Kopikis  
Ben Weinrib, Chair Young Leadership

 

San Diego Region Professional Staff

 
Nir BenZvi - Executive Director  
Judy Clayton - Assistant to Executive Director  


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